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National Army Museum

State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
+64 6-387 6911
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This museum complements the displays in Wellington (Te Papa and Sir Peter Jackson's Great War... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Kiwiseley
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
A Real Treasure

We didn't know it was there and nearly drove past it. It is not that well sign posted as you... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
KiwiinOz2014
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Tamworth, Australia
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The National Army Museum, is an army war museum in Waiouru, New Zealand, providing access to a unique collection of military exhibits, vehicles, memorabilia and public research material. The Museum is guardian to many of our national treasures, the displays are exceptional, the experience unforgettable.The Museum's Military Archive & Research Library is one of the leading military research centres in New Zealand. The Museum Gift Shop has an assortment of quality products for any special occasion. Kidz HQ is an interactive area for the children to enjoy; with puzzles, dress up and so much more. Our Cafe offers an array of tempting morsels to satisfy your taste buds.The National Army Museum open from 9.00am - 4.30pm seven days a week (with the exception of Christmas Day when the Museum is closed). Discover New Zealand's military history, engage with real life soldiers' stories and reflect on how conflict has shaped our nation.
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State Highway 1, Waiouru, New Zealand
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+64 6-387 6911
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum complements the displays in Wellington (Te Papa and Sir Peter Jackson's Great War Exhibition at Pukeahu National War Memorial) The exterior of the building is somewhat drab and hopefully the renovations going on inside will not stop there. The displays are thought provoking...More

Thank Kiwiseley
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks for your feedback. We are excited to almost be finished the final touches on our new entryway and large temporary Gallery which will open before Christmas with an emotive exhibition on Passchendaele 100 years ago. The newly refurbished Gift Shop and council run iSITE...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't know it was there and nearly drove past it. It is not that well sign posted as you approach it and we hadn't seen any brochures or advertising for it...just sheer luck that we came across it. What a surprise. It is bigger...More

Thank KiwiinOz2014
Reviewed October 11, 2017 via mobile

Although I think it could be great, it is hard to say with the renovations going on. Kids liked it but the hunt was not well thought out. The police museum in Wellington hit the nail on the head with this activity. Kids HQ was...More

Thank rruskygirl
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your feedback. We acknowledge it has been difficult to navigate your way around the Museum while we have been renovating. We hope to be finished the renovations in early November and hope you will come back again.

Reviewed September 23, 2017 via mobile

Experienced a great informative tour, our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He gave us the right amount of info without being boring. Would definitely recommend this, there is so much to see. There is a great cafe serving yummy food and very good coffee.

Thank Gingerules
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2017

Thanks for the great feedback

Reviewed September 18, 2017

Our tour guide was an Englishman, highly knowledgeable. We got to see the VC medals and knighthood insignia. Ideal for kids and parents, there's a cafe and toilets, free car parking. They're building a new information centre which I think will be a great additional...More

Thank VeeIvanov
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2017

Thanks and come back when our new building project is completed in a couple of months.

Reviewed September 17, 2017

If you want to learn NZ military history this museum is a great place to visit. The museum was larger than I expected which was a nice surprise for a history buff such as myself. The place has many life size exhibits which help you...More

Thank Vil T
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to feedback

Reviewed September 8, 2017

If you are interested in the history of NZ then spending a few hours here is well worth it. $15 to get in but then you are transformed into a timeline of NZ military history. Most conflicts are covered in a genuine and unbiased way....More

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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2017

Thanks for your feedback Bryan and glad you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed June 13, 2017

My husband and I spent hours enjoying the displays and learning the history of the New Zealand army. Displays were well kept and informative. Loved the fact that I was able to search for family members who had served New Zealand, the tears on Greenstone...More

Thank Cherylne
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Thank you for your comments

Reviewed May 30, 2017 via mobile

Hadn't been here for 20 or so years. Displays well done but let down by poor food at the cafe and generally disinterested staff.More

Thank keriman
Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Thanks for your comments and sorry to hear of your poor Cafe experience. The Cafe is an important part of our museum experience and whilst we outsource this function to a separate company we strive to work hard together to deliver an excellent product and...More

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Salem, Oregon
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Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

The wife and I stopped here during a freak blizzard as we were driving south. Was a great stop with lots of history to see. Worth the visit and doesn't take too long to see it all. If your in the area it's worth stopping...More

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Nicola B, Manager at National Army Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

Thanks for your comments

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